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What should I look for in a builder to minimize disputes?

Building or renovating your home is an incredible undertaking, whether you are redoing one room or starting the structure from scratch. During these projects, every dollar and every day counts, which means you want to be sure you are working with a builder you can trust and have a contract in place that is explicit in its guidelines and expectations.

Many people struggle with that first part: finding a good, trustworthy builder. There are several factors you will want to take into account, from experience to cost, and doing your homework before hiring a builder could minimize potential legal disputes down the road. Below are seven tips for finding a homebuilder that you will want to consider.

  1. Start with recommendations from people you know. Friends, family members and acquaintances will likely be more forthcoming with details about a builder they worked with.
  2. Ask builders about the types of projects they work on most often. You will want someone specifically experienced in the work you want completed.
  3. Check out other homes the builder has worked on. If possible, talk to homeowners about their experience with the builder and satisfaction of the project.
  4. Make sure the builder is legitimate and has the necessary permits and insurance to be working on your home.
  5. Do some research about the project itself. Familiarizing yourself with the processes, materials and potential hiccups can make you more comfortable when talking to builders.
  6. Clearly express your concerns and expectations, and ask for honest feedback from potential builders. Is your timeline unrealistic? Will speeding things up cost more money? How much do similar projects cost?
  7. Have an attorney review any contract before signing it to look for potential issues and legal complications.

These and other tips for choosing a home builder can help you find one that is reliable and skilled. Even though problems can arise over the course of any project, hiring someone you don't know or a company without a good reputation for delivering on its promises can increase the potential for project delays, unexpected expenses and, ultimately, legal disputes. 

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